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When Stars Collide

(Light in the Dark #2)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  1,273 ratings  ·  238 reviews
We were like two stars orbiting each other—dancing around the possibility that one day we might collide. When we finally did, we opened up a black hole, obliterating everything around us. No one would be the same.
Least of all, us.

Waking up in Vegas married to the guy of your dreams sounds like a good thing, right? Not when you’re Thea Montgomery and said guy is your brothe
Published August 30th 2016 (first published 2016)
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I'm a sucker for a brother-best-friend book, as many of you already know. So when I read this blurb I just had to have this book because it sounded amazing. And I did like the overall storyline. Unfortunately, though, there was also something missing for me that makes this book a hard one to rate.

This is my first book by Micalea Smeltzer, which means I didn't read the first in this series. And that's possibly where some of my problem came from, because I felt like there was a lot not said about
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
4,5-5 STARS

Such a lovely, sweet, cute, fast paced story! I enjoyed it more than I expected! This is my first book by this author and I intend to read more!


Thea and Xander always avoided their feelings and the connection they have due to the fact that Thea's brother is Xander's best friend but after a night in Vegas everything changes! Now they are married and they have to try and see if they can stay together as a couple.


I loved the storyline, it was nice seeing Thea and Xander trying to wor
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Carmen Rae
Sep 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: friends-first, meh
When I saw the blurb for this one I immediately signed up for the ARC and one clicked the first book in the series. I loved the premise of the book and I desperately wanted to read it. Unfortunately, life happened and I didn’t get around to reading the first book before suddenly this one was on my kindle. So I checked and double checked to make sure I could read this one as a standalone before I started this one.

And while I really liked the storyline I just never managed to get into the book. I
Book-Bosomed  blog
Jun 27, 2016 added it
Shelves: dnf

I’m a sucker for this premise, brother’s best friend romance, but I’m starting to realize they never live up, and sadly this one is no exception. Initially I was pleased that Xander sported a “who cares about your brother attitude.” It was off to a good start as I hate when two consenting adults cave to the old fashion ideals of an often unlikeable, sexist older brother. So I liked Xander right off the bat. It’s Thea though that I had a problem with. She comes across as whiny and irrational.
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“Are we all fools to think there is such a thing as true happiness in this world? Or are we all destined to live a lie spun of our own delusions?”

“I kiss her like she’s the sun, and moon, and stars all wrapped in one. She’s everything in this world that dreams are built upon.”

“It’s stupid to cry over this, but the love I feel for him honestly scares me. It’s intense and all-consuming. The kind of love that has the power to destroy you if things go wrong.”

Micalea Smeltzer never ceases to amaze me
Micalea Smeltzer
Aug 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I can't wait for you guys to read this book! I'm so happy to finally bring you Xander & Thea's story! ...more
aNneMarLi - Chatterbooks Book Blog
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-arc

“Some things are meant to be and will find a way no matter the circumstances.”

What will you do when you wake up naked in bed with your brother's bestfriend?The one you had a crush on for forever?The one you fantasize on marrying someday? And then suddenly everything begans flooding back...

Confessions of love and desire.
A wedding chapel.
A contract.

You're married after all and you can't even barely remember....

Although I hadn't read the first book in this series, I didn't feel like I missed anything by starting with number two. This can definitely be read as a stand alone novel. I really liked the characters in this series (and plan to go back and read book 1). I really enjoyed the story in this one. Although it's based on a fairly typical premise (brother's best friend), I found it to be unique and interesting.

I really liked Xander and Thea ... their banter was great, their relationship felt very re
Jul 05, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: freebie
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We were like two stars orbiting each other—dancing around the possibility that one day we might collide. When we finally did, we opened up a black hole, obliterating everything around us. No one would be the same.
Least of all, us.

Waking up in Vegas married to the guy of your dreams sounds like a good thing, right? Not when you’re Thea Montgomery and said guy is your brother’s best friend.

Thea and Xander have always avoided the connection between them be
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, favorites
I've read all this author's contemporary books and one of her paranormal series, and I'm a really big fan of hers, so when I heard that she was writing a second book in the Light in the Dark series, I was really excited! I loved Rae of Sunshine a lot, and I was hoping that the characters in this book would get their own book, so I'm really happy that the author made it happen! After reading, I can say that I freaking loved this book! There were times where it made me grin like an idiot and then ...more
3 Stars

When Stars Collide is the second novel in the Light in the Darkness-series and follows Xander and Thea. I loved Cade and Rae’s story and got super excited when Micalea announced to make a whole series about it!
Xander and Thea are in Vegas, get drunk and get married. Cliché, isn’t it? At least that’s what I thought when I first read the blurb. But in all honesty, I was looking forward to it because I haven’t read a novel with this storyline, yet. After waking up married, Thea decides to g
Three Chicks
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
4 Stars
Review by Jen Skewes

This is the second book in the Light in the Dark series. While it is not necessary to read the first book I think that reading it would give you a better understanding of the relationships involved in this book. I was so excited for this book. I loved Thea and Xander’s characters in the first book and could not wait to see how their story would turn out.

Xander and Thea’s brother Cade are best friends. They have been for as long as they can remember. But growing up The
Sep 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What would you do if you woke up in Vegas realizing you were naked and the guy next to you was naked as well? Now let’s add in the fact that this naked man in bed with you is your brother’s best friend and he tells you that you got married last night. It’s ok though because you have really loved him your whole life…NOT!! Loving Xander is beside the point especially since you didn’t know he felt the same way about you plus your brother has threatened said best friend to keep clear of his little s ...more
Anna lost in stories *A*
I got my hands on the ARC of this absolutely amazing book and immediately fell in love with it... ;) it's a second book in a series, and I think it’s pretty connected to the events and characters from that first story, but from the perspective of a person who read it as a complete standalone, it works just fine :) even better than just fine based on how much I loved it ;) although we are thrown right in the middle of action, when our main couple wakes up in Vegas after a pretty wild night and th ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I guess I will be once again in the minority but I can only give 3 stars to the book, because I love how the author writes but not how she develops the story.

See, this is a friends-to lovers story, a funny and easy read that keeps you entertained, because Micaela writes wonderfully about the couple. This couple (Thea and Xander) wake up married after a fun night in Vegas, the problem is not that they are married because they like-love each other, the thing is how will Thea's brother react? And h
Kristina at For The Love Of Books
When Stars Collide by Micalea Smeltzer was a first for me from this author. I love a good sports romance and add in falling for your brothers best friend and you have yourself a winner in my book. I devoured the story of Thea and Xander. It was both sweet and sexy. For those that don't love the sport aspect then this one won't bother you all, there is not a lot of football lingo. There was also the perfect amount of heat. Not too much where it's every other page just the right amount and don't l ...more
Sep 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this ARC from the NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second book in the 'Light in the Dark' series but can be read as a standalone. I would highly recommend reading the first book before to get better understanding of character's background.

Thea and Xander get drunk in Vegas and end up getting married. When Thea wakes up next morning with a hangover and wedding ring on her finger she is ready to get it annulled. She always had a crush on Xander bu
I loved Thea and Xander. This book was such a sweet, fun, fast paced story. I loved reading about two friends that already loved each other fall in love with each other.

My Thoughts
Thea and Xander wake up in Vegas married. He persuades her to give the marriage the summer to work. It sounds silly, but for these two that had so many feelings for each other it was the perfect story. There was a lot going on outside of their relationship that weighed on them, but I they were able to come through ever
Le Ann Foster
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
♡♡Reviewed for CherryOBlossoms Promotions ♡ ♡

I gave this book 4.5 stars!

I'm a big sucker for best friends turns to lovers and this book didn't disappoint. I found the storyline to be the same as others but also soo different. Xander and Thea are easy to love and the secondary characters just add to the emotions that this book needs.

Xander and Thea have been friends for years. Xander is Thea's brothers best friend. So when the 3 of them goes to Vagas, Thea didn't relize she would come home as a
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for free via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Ugh, this was just as gooey and great as I hoped it would be! I loved Xander and Thea and their chemistry was off the charts. Shout out to Cade for being a great big brother and a grounding force. There is some family drama and some big life changes thrown in the mix that gave this some nice depth. I would recommend picking this up if you love a cute and quick romance read.
Andrea Heltsley
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-read
One word for this book: EPIC! While I love Micalea's books, this one might be my favorite. I adored Thea! Since I didn't read book one in the series, the plot unraveled with lots of surprises. The chemistry between Thea and Xander was explosive. Tension, the yummy kind. Must read! Five glittery stars! ...more
Anna Doe
* 4-4.5 stars *

When Stars Collide is book #2 in Light in the Dark series.
Other books:
1. Rae of Sunshine: review.

Although I wasn't the biggest fan of Rae of Sunshine I loved Thea and Xander's story.

Thea and Xander have been friends forever. At least half of that time the sparks between them were so strong they could cause a fire. So when they wake up in Vegas naked and married, things shouldn't seem so bad. But they do because, apart from being her friend, Xander is also her brothers BEST friend
Julia Griffis - The Romance Bibliophile
When Stars Collide was absolutely incredible and I truly loved reading Xander and Thea's story. Everything from the writing style to the storyline and characters was amazing, and I couldn't have asked for anything better. It had the perfect balance of romance, humor, and drama, and I loved reading every single page. It was more light-hearted and romantic than Rae of Sunshine, which I was grateful for, but it definitely had its share of serious moments as well. The pacing of the story was excelle ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I loved the first book to the series and was excited for this book. Unfortunately this book really lacked substance. We could have used some flashbacks to help us really get the feel for Thea and Xander’s relationship. Heck it would have helped if we could have even started the book with the night of the wedding. I was also not a fan of the author not including anything about their history. There was no information, and we weren’t even witness to their first experience together, it happened
Ashley Holbert
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Overall Opinion: I'm usually not a fan of tropes where a couple accidentally gets married in Vegas or fake marriages, but I actually enjoyed this book. The couple in the book just had natural chemistry, and I loved their friendship they shared before any romantic feelings happened. Thea and Xander had many scenes where they just hung out watching tv or playing with their dog, and I liked how undramatic their lives were. I will say that the end of this book felt rushed since the author carried on ...more
Nino Fray
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Thea and Xander are one of the best couples ever!
Lisa :)
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
There are so many great brother‘s best friend romance novels out there. This is not one of them.

Especially the heroine is exhausting and so damn unlikeable.

2,5 stars.
Genesis Sheli (Whispering Chapters)
This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.

Thea and Xander have known each other ever since Cade, Thea's brother, and Xander became the best of friends. Nothing had ever happened between despite the attraction. It wasn't until a night in Vegas that something big happened. It's all Xander has ever wanted: to finally have Thea. But Thea isn't sure this will work between them. Xander has the summer to convince her that they were meant to be.

I feel like I've waited long enough to call
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Micalea Smeltzer is a twenty-something author from Northern Virginia. She has four dogs, which is as crazy as it sounds. As a recent kidney transplant recipient she's dedicated to raising awareness around the effects of kidney disease, dialysis, and transplant as well as educating people on living donation. When she's not writing you can catch her with her nose buried in a book. ...more

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